If you still have baby teeth, and they are healthy and strong, it might be better to keep the tooth for as long as possible. Sometimes baby teeth can last until you are an adult if you look after them well. Natural teeth are usually better than any other type of tooth replacement.
Will keeping my baby teeth cause me problems?
Research showsThis information comes from research where people with missing teeth have been followed up for a long time to see what happens to the baby teeth. The research is supported by clinical experience of dentists. that keeping baby teeth does not cause any problems to the other teeth or how you bite. The only problem might be if the tooth starts to sink under the gum. Your dentist will watch out for this.
It is not possible to say exactly how long baby teeth will last. The dental team will look at your teeth and x-rays to give you an idea how long your baby teeth might last. They can also talk to you about what will happen in the future if the baby teeth fall out.
Can I change how the baby teeth look?
Baby teeth are smaller than adult teeth. If baby teeth are being used in the place of adult teeth, white fillings can be used to make baby teeth look bigger. This is usually a simple treatment and does not need any anaesthetic. Your dentist might be able to do this, or it might be done by a specialist children’s dentist.
Building up front baby teeth
Building up front baby teeth
White filling can be added to baby teeth to make them look bigger.
There has not been much research aboutThere has not been much research about what happens when teeth are made to look bigger. The information here is based on reports about the clinical experience of dentists. what happens when baby teeth are made to look bigger, but dentist’s experience shows that making baby teeth bigger does not cause any problems. The white fillings will need to be repaired or replaced throughout your life as they do wear out. This will mean you need to see your dentist and there is likely to be a cost for new fillings.
What if the baby teeth need to be removed?
Sometimes baby teeth have to be removed. It could be because the tooth is not healthy – perhaps because the tooth has lots of decay or a big filling. It also might be that the roots of the tooth are short, so the tooth is likely to fall out soon; or that the tooth is beginning to sink under the gum.
Research showsThis information comes from research where people with missing teeth have had baby teeth taken out. The research is supported by clinical experience of dentists. that taking baby teeth out does not cause any problems to dental health, or how you bite.
If baby teeth fall out or are taken out this might leave gaps. There are different things that can be done.
Click on an option to find out moreThis information comes from research where people have had baby teeth removed and different treatments have been given. The research is supported by clinical experience of dentists..
It might be possible to take out baby teeth out at the right time to let the adult teeth grow into the space. This depends on your age and how much the rest of your teeth have grown already.
You might be able to have the baby tooth taken out with braces to close the space. This depends how big the space is and where your other teeth are positioned.
You might be happy to have the baby tooth out and accept a space where the tooth was. If the space is at the back you might not be able to see it and it is unlikely to cause problems with biting.
If the space is too big to close with braces and you do not want a gap, you might think about having a false tooth in the space.